2007 Barnett "Rattlesnake Hill" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A fabulous effort, and perhaps Barnett’s best wine in twenty years, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill possesses an inky/blue/purple color as well as an exquisite nose of crushed rocks, acacia flowers, blue, red, and black fruits, full-bodied power, a layered, multidimensional personality, and serious concentration and length. This classic Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should age effortlessly for 30+ years. Bravo! (RP)
A tremendous wine that easily merits being Barnett’s most expensive release. Shows the ripe blackberry and black currant flavors and new oak that are so easily achieved, with yet near perfect tannins and a dryness unusual in a Cabernet this fruity. The combination of opposites makes this mountain wine noteworthy, as well as ageable. Now–2017.
Rich and generous, with firm, ripe, concentrated currant, wild berry and black cherry fruit that's focused, deep and persistent, ending with a long, lingering finish. Best from 2011 through 2018. 565 cases made. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Crushed berries and rocky minerality on the nose, plus a hint of dark berry syrup. Densely packed, chewy and sweet, with the concentrated mid-palate flavor and baby fat to support the wine's rather serious tannic structure. Just a tad gritty now, with a chocolatey sweetness dominating the back end, but should show more definition with several years of bottle aging. 91(+?) points. (ST)